for your weekend

for your weekendMay this weekend be filled with the truth, nothing more and nothing less. May I not think of myself more highly than I am or more lowly than is necessary.

May I not be surprised at my own contradictions, how I long to be alone, yet crave community; wish for attention and also anonymity; want my independence but secretly wish for a caretaker. May I not try to smooth out my inconsistencies by the strength of my own will, but may I accept these colors and shades of gray as part of my humanity, bringing them all into the changeless and unmoving presence of Christ.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. A few reads and reminders:

Every Saturday I scratch out a few words of blessing for us here. Writing these has become moments of worship and contemplation for me – time to remember my smallness, practice truth for myself, and share little glimpses with you. If you want to receive these and the other few posts I write weekly in your inbox, simply enter your email address here, where you’ll receive a free copy of Seven Little Ways to Live Art.

Comments

  1. Jen D says

    “May I not be surprised at my own contradictions, how I long to be alone, yet crave community; wish for attention and also anonymity; want my independence but secretly wish for a caretaker. May I not try to smooth out my inconsistencies by the strength of my own will, but may I accept these colors and shades of gray as part of my humanity, bringing them all into the changeless and unmoving presence of Christ.”

    Yes!! This is my own prayer as well!

  2. says

    “May this weekend be filled with the truth, nothing more and nothing less. May I not think of myself more highly than I am or more lowly than is necessary.”

    if you wrote those words for anyone, you wrote them for me. I most always read your “For your weekend” posts and they often resonate, but that was directly applicable. Tomorrow I have a difficult conversation with a friend, in which it is so necessary that I speak only truth and and that very carefully, in which I think not higher nor lower of myself than is necessary. It is supremely important and so this blessing and prayer is water for my anxious thirst.

    thank you.
    jessica s´s last blog post ..Poppies

  3. Melissa McIntyre says

    Beautiful Emily! I feel the same way…we can be such a paradox sometimes ;-) I’m curious as I sit here with my sweet turned 11 years old today daughter who’s middle name is Penelope. Is that YOUR middle name too?

  4. says

    I’m often struck by your weekend posts. They always seem to meet me right where I am, which is usually a mess, and whisper soothing truth. You, my friend, speak the language of the soul.
    emily´s last blog post ..baby steps

  5. says

    Emily-I’m secretly hoping your next book is your “for your weekend” prayers published with your beautiful pictures. Your prayers are art.

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